Columnea gloriosa – Goldfish Plant

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Scientific Name

Columnea gloriosa Sprague

Common Names

Goldfish Plant

Synonyms

Columnea salmonea, Columnea tuerckheimii

Scientific Classification

Family: Gesneriaceae
Genus: Columnea

Flower

Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mid summer to mid fall

Description

Columnea gloriosa is a perennial plant, known for the red long tubular shaped flowers appearing like leaping fish. It has long slender pendulous branches with opposite pairs of slightly hairy green leaves. Bright scarlet, tubular flowers with yellow throats appear at every leaf joint. Long stems can reach up to 3 feet (90 cm).

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 11a to 12b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 60 °F (15.6 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Columnea plants like plenty of humidity. If the plant is in a regular pot, you can place a saucer full of pebbles under the pot and put water in it. As the water evaporates, it creates a high humidity spot for the plant. Do not let the water touch the Goldfish Plant’s pot, however. If it is in a hanging basket, mist the leaves daily to keep them happy. Use room temperature water as cold water will cause brown spots on the leaves.

Fertilize weekly during the growing season with a water soluble fertilizer with lots of Phosphorus to encourage blooming. Do not fertilize during the winter.

Use a good, well draining potting soil when potting these plants. Columnea plants seem to do better when slightly root bound and produce better flowers in this condition. Every two to three years, repot the plant in a pot one size up from the one it is in. Gently trim the roots to encourage new root growth. Place the plant in fresh potting soil when repotting for maximum success. Make sure the pot you choose has drainage holes to prevent root rot in the plant from poor drainage… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for a Goldfish Plant (Columnea gloriosa)

Origin

Native to Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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